A week or two ago, I heard a trusted progressive say this about the Obama Presidency. "Am I disappointed?" he asked. "Hell, no! I mean, look at this. Here's a guy who offered to captain the Titanic AFTER it hit the iceberg. Seriously. And we're still floating along, still staying above the surface. So far. I give him a lot of credit for that. That ship had already hit that iceberg!"
It's just a metaphor, obviously. But I'm reading today's news about debt ceilings and the 14th amendment, about Republican posturing around impeachment and no-new-taxes; and it kind of rings true. These guys ran the ship straight into the iceberg--with little or no concern for the folks in harm's way. And Obama stepped up to lead, to captain, to moderate the insanity AFTER they left the bridge.
I don't know about you...but the thought of Michelle Bachmann at the helm, or Sarah Palin, or Newt Gingrich...it makes me want to drink.